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Dependence on electricity increases, but energy efficiency also increases (Cluj-Napoca, November 7)


The conference “Energy Efficiency – Verified Approaches, Credible Partners” gathered in Cluj-Napoca more than 50 specialists from the region interested in the topic proposed by Energynomics. Experts from companies, representatives of the municipality and from professional association have presented case studies and declared their openness to collaboration in the 7th edition of the communication campaign “Energy Efficiency for big results”.

Seven speakers brought additional information and explanations for increased awareness and understanding of what energy efficiency is and how it can be improved.

ENGIE Romania has solutions for the all the operating cycle of a project

The ENGIE Group operates in over 70 countries and has over 150,000 employees, of which about 3,700 in Romania. ENGIE Building Solutions meets the energy needs for business customers said Alin Nicolae, Head of Energy Efficiency Solutions & Design, within ENGIE Building Solutions. “The group’s ambition is to make the transition to zero carbon emissions. To achieve this we have a series of group policies, which made that in the area of electricity to be the first independent producer in the world, with a production capacity of 103 GW, of which about 23% is green energy”, said Alin Nicolae. “In the gas segment, we are the first as a distribution network in Europe, and also the first in storage capacities. In respect to urban thermal networks of distribution of the thermal agent we operate 350 networks in about 20 countries”, he said.

As a group, ENGIE expertly covers all spheres that can be related to buildings and industry – renewable sources, energy management, digitalization, classic heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical installations. ” We also have energy efficiency solutions for Romania – energy audits for both buildings and economic operators. For businesses, we intend to apply the energy performance contract model, ESCO”. The formula has already been applied for simpler solutions, but the group aims to offer increasingly integrated and complex solutions. “In the F-Boot Projects segment, we approach projects that are well suited for co- and tri-generation, for the decentralized production of energy, both as a thermal agent for heating, hot water and cooling, but for systems with photovoltaic panels. We practically offer solutions for the whole cycle of the project’s operation”, added Alin Nicolae, explaining that ENGIE directly invests, with its own funds, in certain solutions to reduce emissions.


“When you are ready to bet your own money, the more credibility your design and build projects have,” Nicolae stressed.

Phoenix Contact: For e-mobility, long-term solutions are needed

A private company established in 1923, Phoenix Contact produces electrical engineering solutions in the field of automation offering connection technologies. The company produces a large portfolio of components, which it integrates into various solutions, together with its partners.

“Phoenix Contact has been involved in the electric mobility industry from the very beginning – starting with the connectivity, then with the charging infrastructure. We do not produce turnkey stations, but as producers of all the necessary components, we encourage local partners to develop their own stations and infrastructure”, said Cătălin Lepinzean, Business Development Manager, Phoenix Contact.


“We have constantly increased out footprint based on the collaboration with the integrators who develop their own charging stations and infrastructure. The dynamics of demand growth is very high, and we need to think about long-term solutions”, Lepinzean said, presenting the company’s solutions.

Bădiță, Photon Energy: I hope that Romania will have new big projects

Photon Energy was established in the Netherlands and operates on markets in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania through local offices, coordinated from the regional office in Prague. It has operations in Australia and Peru and is listed on the stock exchanges in Warsaw and Prague, said Lauru Bădiță, Country Manager O&M Romania Photon Energy.

“Based on our 10 years-experience, we focus on customized solutions in the maintenance area. As our parks are already five to six years old, we can prevent in due time any possible damage we have encountered in other countries. We focus on preventive maintenance services, guaranteed rapid intervention services, monitoring, administrative activity and support for security systems.”

“We expect with great interest the second wave of renewables in Romania, which will be financed either by long-term bilateral contracts (PPAs) or by another means”, he said, presenting the company’s solutions.


Photon Energy has developed a dedicated department in the area of monitoring and control, with which it can track from one dispatch center all the parks under monitoring: “Any error can be noticed in real time”. “We have our own software, thus customers and technicians can view online what happens with the production, for different periods of time. Also, our specialized Cardio Inverter division can repair string inverters in just a few days. Up to now, we have repaired over 4,000 inverters from different brands”, Bădiță said.

Cătălin Crivineanu: Cluj-Napoca is on the right track

The dependency on electricity increases, but the energy efficiency also increases, said Cătălin Crivineanu, Partner Account Manager, Power Quality Department, Eaton Electric Romania. “Cluj-Napoca is one of the few cities in Romania that are on the right track from the point of view of evolution and development, as I see it,” he said.

Eaton is an American company, listed on the stock exchange, specialized in energy management, and globally is one of the main manufacturers of industrial and commercial components. It is present in 175 countries, with operations in the automotive, aeronautical and electricity segments. The Power Quality department offers UPS solutions, back-up solutions, IT and data center infrastructure, software and related equipment.


Crivineanu presented Eaton’s portfolio of energy efficiency products, which include UPSs used in various solutions, dedicated to different consumer segments.

Kawasaki campaigns for decentralized heating distribution

The Japanese Kawasaki Group first entered the European market in 1975, and in 2018 opened the Romanian office, which covers the whole of South East Europe. As the countries in the European community move towards renewable energy production and consider less pollutant emissions, equipment using conventional fuels must be as efficient as possible in electricity generation, stressed Cristian Athanasovici, Business Development Manager at Kawasaki Gas Turbine Europe. “Kawasaki has developed low emission solutions, including hydrogen equipment, which is part of our renewable solutions segment.”

A sensitive point in Romania today is the centralized heat supply, Athanasovici continued. “We also have solutions for individual energy consumers, such as university campuses, hotels or airports. All the equipment and solutions we propose must be environmentally friendly – we advocate, according to our motto, for a better planet. We are looking at a decentralized distribution of electricity and we have developed equipment that burns 100% hydrogen”, said Athanasovici, presenting the company’s products. These include gas turbines between 1.7 and 34 MWe, with internal combustion engines – 7.8 MW and 5.2 MW respectively; Kawasaki is the only manufacturer in the world that provides both cogeneration technologies and also provides solutions for chilled water.


”As for the services, we cover all the know-how from the pre-feasibility phase to the implementation of the project and subsequently, we provide long-term maintenance contracts. With the help of our partners, we are trying to come up with funding from the Japanese government”, Athanasovici said.

In Romania, Kawasaki has developed many solutions – such as the gas turbine at Chimcomplex, of 7.8 MWe, a project at the AAC plant in Calarasi developed with European funds and another one developed for the central heating sector in Bacău.

Andrei Ceclan, SAMER: Energy efficiency is undermined by lack of confidence in results

“At the national level, investments in energy efficiency represent about 0.2% of the gross domestic product of the year 2017 – a very small value”, stated Andrei Ceclan, president of the Society of Auditors and Energy Managers in Romania – SAMER. About 68% of the energy efficiency gains reported in 2017 came from the involvement of energy auditors and managers, according to ANRE statistics, as reported by Ceclan.

The value of investments in energy efficiency is low because there are many barriers and obstacles, among which lack of training and education for the employees, but also the high financing cost. In industry, managers are interested in immediate solutions, with a reduced long-term impact, which shows that energy efficiency is not a priority, although many say the opposite.


“First and foremost is the lack of confidence in savings and results,” said Ceclan, even though reductions in energy consumption of over 35% can be obtained, for example, through projects financed with European money. And yet, “only 30% of the financing available to the industry through the large infrastructure operational program – the POIM have been accessed”, he added.

Active in Europe, Africa and Asia, the Control Point group also has solutions for Romania

Operating with three divisions – automation, electrical installations and solutions for renewable energy, especially photovoltaics, the Control Point group has 25 employees and is a partner of Valmet, provider of solutions for the energy market.

“Currently, most of our projects are carried out outside Romania, in the western part of Europe, but also on other continents,” said Daniel Bertalan, Sales & Project Manager at Control Point.

Control Point has more than 50 projects implemented or in the process of being implemented in the area of thermal and hydro, as well as in other segments of the energy market. “Control Point builds electrical installations, from commissioning to maintenance. We most recently entered the PV segment, where we are integrating photovoltaic solutions,” said Bertalan. The company can install photovoltaic systems on production halls or large commercial buildings.

Bertalan also presented the services in the area of waste recovery and management, including through the production of biogas for energy recovery through biological treatment and other processes such as incineration.


“In Western Europe such plants are being built for many years, either based on incineration, or on composting or anaerobic digestion, and our hope is to see as many projects implemented in Romania as well.”

The conference “Energy Efficiency – Verified Approaches, Credible Partners was organized by Energynomics with the support of our partners: Control Point powered by Valmet, Eaton Electric, ENGIE Romania, Kawasaki Gas Turbine Europe GmbH, Phoenix Contact, Photon Energy, Ridgid Emerson.

Over 50 people from organizations like Ada Prod Com, Aderro GP Energy Brașov, Brantner Servicii Ecologice, CESAROM Lasselsberger, Clasic Prod Mex SRL, Cluj Innovation Park SA, Compania de Transport Public, Control Point, Electrolux SA Baia Mare, ELRET SA, Energo Esco, Energobit, ENGIE România, Eplan, Eurobest Exim, European Fabrications, Holisun, INCDT, Industria Sârmei Câmpia Turzii – ISCT, IntraPower Trading, Kawasaki Gas Turbine Europe GmbH, Phoenix Contact, Promoterm, Ridgid-Emerson, SAMER, Transilvania Energy Cluster, Top Projects SRL, Universitatea Tehnică din Cluj-Napoca, Vestra Industry – grupul ELSACO have participated at the discussions.

About the campaign

Between February and November 2019 we organized seven conferences aimed to highlight the need for and the benefits of implementing energy audits, with examples of actions and technologies for increased energy efficiency.

Each conference features top speakers and themes such as: legislation and regulation in energy efficiency, financing for energy efficiency projects and support for public authorities and SMEs.

Conferences in 2019


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